You Don’t Have to Love Math to Be an Engineer

The whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Do you love math? I will ask again: do you really, really love math?

There are a lot of talented, innovative people who say they can’t be an engineer because they aren’t good at math or because they don’t like math. Little do they know that though math is an integral part of engineering, it is only a part of engineering.


This is what many don’t realize: Engineering is a course that is more on ideas, design and innovation, figuring out how things go boom, and creating things that can make our lives easier. If you can do any of those, you are already qualified to be an engineer. It is really sad to see that there are many people with these talents who shove off the possibility of taking up an engineering course just because they don’t like mathematics.


Here’s a trivia, did you know that Thomas Edison did really poorly in his math classes in school? But take a look, he went on to patent over 1000 inventions—some of which may not be actually his idea (by debate), but I’m pretty sure he has innovated some of them.

In engineering, there are more important things than the “need” to LOVE math. Things like enjoying breaking devices apart to see how they work, designing breathtaking structures, creating a new element, or putting things together to help make the world a better place.

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Every college major has difficult subjects. Doctors, lawyers, nurses, and even teachers had their fair share of difficult subjects. It just so happens that for engineers, it’s math. It’s true, math can be begrudgingly difficult and it will beat you to a pulp sometimes. But think of it as a trial that you have to overcome to be able to get to the finish line. Just like life, there are things that you have to survive to achieve your goals.

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Don’t let a couple of math classes stop you from being a great engineer!


Cielo Santos

Engineer. Writer. Artist. Gamer. Musician. She dreams of building a time machine and help kittens take over the world. Is secretly the pink power ranger in real life.

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You Don’t Have to Love Math to Be an Engineer

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